Sponsorship Opportunities


The classroom will be part of the Ellen T. Leslie Learning Complex conveniently located off the plaza, adjacent to the Graeser Family Education Center. The classroom will hold up to 40 students at a time and will include a smart TV and recording ability for online classes. It will also include a kitchen and will be connected to the greenhouse for teaching.

Part of the Ellen T. Leslie Learning Complex, the teaching greenhouse will be connected to the classroom, located directly off the plaza, and will be used for educational purposes with visiting students. The greenhouse will be climate controlled and will include running water and a floor drain.
Another part of the Ellen T. Leslie Learning complex, the workshop will be used for equipment storage, as a volunteer and staff workshop, and a break room. The workshop will include a bathroom and shower.


Education Plaza

The plaza around the Graeser Family Education Center and Gardens will allow for easy access to the individual gardens, fountains and buildings. The plaza will be designed for accessibility for all guests regardless of age, size, ability or limitations.

Plaza Fountain – SOLD

The Plaza will include a beautiful Fountain with flowers and will be in view of the Graeser Family Education Center.

Water Wall – SOLD

The Water Wall will be a beautiful feature and will sit at the far end of the Edible Garden Plaza across from the Education Center. The Water Wall will intrigue visitors and frame outdoor events and weddings.

Beargrass Creek Pathway

The Graeser Family Education Center and surrounding gardens sit up on a hill above Beargrass Creek. The pathway will provide a shaded walk through the Woodland Garden, down to Beargrass Creek. This will be an important connector and will allow students to study flora and fauna alongside the creek.

Pollinator Garden – SOLD

The Pollinator Garden will allow students and visitors to immerse themselves in the world of pollinators. All plants will be native to this area, and have been selected to attract birds, bees and butterflies.

Kentucky Native Garden – SOLD

The Kentucky Native Garden will include a variety of plants native to Kentucky, allowing visitors to learn about these various species and why they are important to our region.

Edible Garden Beds

The Edible Garden located just outside the Education Center will be made up of planted beds with herbs and other edibles. Volunteers and students will be able to work in these gardens to learn more about maintained edible gardens.


Education 100

The Education 100 is a group of donors who have committed $10,000 each to support the development of the Gardens. These
donors will be permanently recognized on the building through an artistic installation on the columns that surround the Graeser Family Education Center.

Plaza Benches
$10,000 each

Throughout the Education plaza, there will be benches available for visitors to sit and take in the beautiful surroundings. Available in both shade and sun, the benches will be a permanent part of the plaza landscape.

Donor Wall
$5,000 – $20,000

This wall in the Graeser Family Education Center recognizes new donations to the Gardens as of June 1, 2019. Acrylic medallions representing the gift level, in descending size from largest ($20,000) to smallest ($5,000), will create a colorful tribute to those who have given in support of the development of Phase I.

$1,500 each

In the Education Gardens surrounding the Graeser Family Education Center and in the Woodland Gardens, a variety of trees will provide shade and beauty for visitors. The trees will be identified so that students can learn about the trees they are experiencing, and the importance of these trees in the landscape and surrounding environment.

Brick in the Beargrass Creek Pathway
$250 each

This pathway connects the Graeser Family Education Center and gardens down to the Butchertown Greenway and Beargrass Creek.  Each brick may contain 2 lines of 18 characters, including spacing and punctuation.



To become a sponsor, please email Elizabeth Chandler – Development Manager, at echandler@waterfrontgardens.org.

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